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Israel Says It Will Treat Online Credit Card Theft As It Would Terrorism

HonestButCurious Re:Run to the USA to fund the murder of the purps? (422 comments)

US FMF grants to Israel in 2011, divided by the population of Israel in 2011, ends up as $384 per capita. The 2011 US budget, divided by the population of the US in 2011, ends up as $11,897 per capita. That's ignoring the fact that Israel has to spend the FMF money in the USA, in effect subsidising the American military-industrial complex.

Protip: Don't post bullshit pseudo-statistics to Slashdot - we guys love our calculators.

more than 2 years ago
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Rogue SSL Certs Issued For CIA, MI6, Mossad

HonestButCurious The Mossad's web site is unclassified (152 comments)

It's just a front end for their recruiting staff. They post wanted ads there - and then advertise the same ads in Israeli newspapers.

about 3 years ago
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Matlab Integrates GPU Support For UberMath Computation

HonestButCurious Article seems slightly inaccurate (89 comments)

The article talks about R2010b, which isn't out yet.  R2010a (which *is* out), supports parallel processing pretty well (I use it constantly), but not exactly "natively" -  you have to pay extra for an option called the "Parallel Computing Toolbox" which also gives you sweet stuff like multicore, HPC and so on.

more than 2 years ago
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UK MOD To Spend 20 Million On Toy Size Spy Drones

HonestButCurious Defence, not Defense (44 comments)

Defense is the American spelling.

more than 3 years ago
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Database of Private SSL Keys Published

HonestButCurious I told you - I was one of those (200 comments)

True story - I wrote the SSL/SSH code for an Embedded router a few years ago. I *didn't* specify a hard-coded key -- instead the router would freeze for a few seconds to generate the key when you first activated SSL or SSH (only the management CPU froze - traffic still went through). The router's CPU was pretty crappy - it took quite a while to generate a 2048-bit key pair.

You can't imagine the amount of griping this slowdown caused from the product/marketing teams. They really really wanted it hard-coded. Fortunately "security guys" are taken seriously in Israel so as far as I know it's still generated on the fly.

more than 3 years ago
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The Sun Unleashes Coronal Mass Ejection At Earth

HonestButCurious Worth reposting this classic... (220 comments)

It's friday, so I get into work early, before lunch even. The phone rings. Shit!

I turn the page on the excuse sheet. "SOLAR FLARES" stares out at me. I'd better read up on that. Two minutes later I'm ready to answer the phone.

"Hello?" I say.

"WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, I'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET YOU ALL MORNING?!"

I hate it when they shout at me early in the morning. It always puts me in a bad mood. You know what I mean.

"Ah, yes. Well, there's been some solar activity this morning, it always disrupts electronics..." I say, sweet as a sugar pie.

"Huh? But I could get through to my friends?!"

"Yes, that's entirely possible, solar activity is very unpredictable in it's effects. Why last week, we had some files just dissappear from a guys account while he was working on it!"

More here...

more than 4 years ago
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New US Broadband Projects Get $795 Million In Funding

HonestButCurious Sounds like a job for the Mafia (174 comments)

I'm absolutely not joking, BTW. The Gambino mafia made hundreds of millions of dollars off similar "last mile" scams. The idea is to buy some rural phone company in East Padinkus, then get Fed money for all of the "broadband" it's been putting out.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft To Add Yet Another Smartphone OS This Year

HonestButCurious Who's the guy in charge of acronyms in MS? (179 comments)

MEH OS is exactly how I feel about this new offering and its chances of impressing anybody in this age and time. At least they didn't get it as bad as the CrAPI one.

more than 4 years ago
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Harry Reid Pushes Nevada As "Saudi Arabia of Geothermal Energy"

HonestButCurious Re:Silly (369 comments)

Water is not the limiting factor in geothermal development.

It is too, especially when you're talking "new" geothermal, which works on lower-temperature deposits. - please turn to this very interesting IEEE Spectrum article for more details.

more than 4 years ago
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Pedestrian Follows Google Map, Gets Run Over, Sues

HonestButCurious A very similar thing happened to me (699 comments)

Google gave me walking (actually bicycling but never mind) directions which all but crossed a 6-lane highway. Since said highway was surrounded by a tall fence, a trench and a shrubbery, I didn't apply for a Darwin award, but instead BFS'ed for a few minutes until I found a proper crossing.

As a coder, I know it's terribly difficult to write a proper pathing algorithm! I guess since I know that I'm more forgiving (just as I'm less likely to rage at buggy games).

more than 4 years ago
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Israel Blocks iPad Imports, Citing Wi-Fi Transmission Regulations

HonestButCurious Inaccurate and out-of-date (204 comments)

I don't really understand how this infomercial qualifies as Slashdot material, but still it needs some corrections:
1. The iPads were not confiscated - they were only prevented from entering Israel. They are still the property of whoever bought them, and he's welcome to take them back to the US and return/sell them on.
2. This regulation only applies to people trying to *sell* iPads in Israel - one piece for personal use is perfectly OK. I know many people who imported various wireless devices (walkie talkies, wifi routers, even Nexus Ones) to Israel, and as long as it's for personal use nobody challenged them at customs. Most electronics (except for musical instruments) is customs-exempt in Israel anyway.

The iPad scene in Israel: even though the thing doesn't have Hebrew text entry yet, there's still a very clear interest in it. There are companies who offer to buy it in the US and send it to you. Typical price including shipping is 2500NIS ($660):
http://www.mustop.co.il/special-deals-israel/ipad

more than 4 years ago
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Second 3G GSM Cipher Cracked

HonestButCurious Re:Shamir and his techniques (57 comments)

More to the point, this is unlikely to be a practical issue right now because it's a related key attack. You have to encrypt something with multiple keys that are closely related (similar in many respects) before the attack applies. This usually doesn't happen unless the implementers are idiots.

Related key attacks are very feasible if a block cipher is used as a building block for a hash function. FYI XBOX was broken with a related key attack.

(credit goes to Orr Dunkelman for finding this out)

more than 4 years ago
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Android Phone Demand Up 250%, iPhone Down

HonestButCurious Way to go Motorola! (445 comments)

It's heartwarming that Moto finally has a sales growth. My first phone was a StarTAC, and it was really sad to see the brand fading away over the past years. I know quite a few good Moto engineers (they're all there, if you dig under the layers of Dilbert-grade mismanagement), and they were really waiting for good news for quite a few years now.

I hope Google keeps control over the user interface, though.

more than 4 years ago

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